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George RR Martin Blasts Rumor That He Finished Game of Thrones Books 6 & 7

May 14, 2019 | Posted by Jeffrey Harris
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In light of the final season of Game of Thrones currently airing on HBO, with the series finale slated to air later this weekend, original author George RR Martin updated his official blog to shut down the rumor that he’s already finished Books 6 & 7 of his A Song of Ice and Fire book series for which the show is based. The rumor started based off comments actor Ian McElhinney (Ser Barristan Selmy in the TV series) made at a convention, stating that Martin had secretly finished both books. He added that he made an agreement with the TV showrunners to wait to release the books until the show had ended.

Martin was not happy with the rumor taking on a life of its own, with his blog post titled “Idiocy on the Internet.” In short, Martin wrote, “I will however say for the record — no, THE WINDS OF WINTER and A DREAM OF SPRING are not finished. DREAM is not even begun; I am not going to start writing volume seven until I finish volume six… [The] books are not done.”

George RR Martin also added the following, denying that HBO asked him to delay the release of the unfinished books in the series:

“It seems absurd to me that I need to state this. The world is round, the Earth revolves around the sun, water is wet… do I need to say that too? It boggles me that anyone would believe this story, even for an instant. It makes not a whit of sense. Why would I sit for years on completed novels? Why would my publishers — not just here in the US, but all around the world — ever consent to this? They make millions and millions of dollars every time a new Ice & Fire book comes out, as do I. Delaying makes no sense. Why would HBO want the books delayed? The books help create interest in the show, just as the show creates interest in the books.

So… no, the books are not done. HBO did not ask me to delay them. Nor did David & Dan. There is no “deal” to hold back on the books. I assure you, HBO and David & Dan would both have been thrilled and delighted if THE WINDS OF WINTER had been delivered and published four or five years ago… and NO ONE would have been more delighted than me.”

So book fans who have been desperately hoping or made themselves believe that the new books are about to drop right when the show ends, it looks like your wish will not be granted. As George RR Martin says, “I have said it before: don’t believe everything you read on the internet.”

The series finale for Game of Thrones airs on Sunday, May 18 on HBO.